Friday, August 28, 2015

REVIEW: Make it Count (Bowler University #1) by Megan Erickson

Title: Make it Count
Series: Bowler University #1
Author: Megan Erickson
Publisher: William Morrow Impulse
Published: June 3rd 2014
Format: eBook | Pages: 336
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Purchased
★★★★★ (5/5) Stars!!!

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Kat Caruso wishes her brain had a return policy, or at least a complaint hot-line. The defective organ is constantly distracted, terrible at statistics, and absolutely flooded with inappropriate thoughts about her boyfriend’s gorgeous best friend, Alec…who just so happens to be her brand new math tutor. Who knew nerd was so hot?

Kat usually goes through tutors like she does boyfriends—both always seem to bail when they realize how hopeless she is. It’s safer for her heart to keep everyone at arm’s reach. But Alec is always stepping just a little too close.

Alec Stone should not be fantasizing about Kat. She’s adorable, unbelievably witty, and completely off limits. He’d never stab his best friend in the back…

But when secrets are revealed, the lines of loyalty are blurred. To make it count, Alec must learn messy human emotions can’t be solved like a trigonometry function. And Kat has to trust Alec may be the first guy to want her for who she is, and not in spite of it.

Now that was New Adult done right! I cannot tell you how refreshing it was to pick up a New Adult novel and read an engaging story with captivating characters that were full of depth. I devoured this book. I couldn't have put it down even if I wanted to!

It's hard for me to sit here and try to decide which I liked more. The characters or the storyline? But, since characters are always the huge draw for me, I guess I'll start my gushing there. Megan Erickson can write the most amazing characters, especially the nerdy ones. And nerdy is the new sexy you know. This series is cram packed full of intriguing characters. I love it when even the side characters have you sucked in and wanting to know all about them.

Kat, well that girl completely stole my heart. I felt so connected to both her and Alec, almost as if I could feel everything they were going through. Both the ups and the downs. I loved the complexity of Kat's character. How she could seem so confident and almost cocky in her teasing sort of way. Yet once you peel back the layers you find all the deep, almost heartbreaking, insecurities that she tries to cover up with the pretty exterior and practiced smile. I think what I truly loved about her though was her humor. Kat is so freaking funny. She has her moments where she's easily distracted and during those times, as her mind wanders all over the place, I always ended up with a huge grin because she was so endearing and had me constantly wanting to just chuckle and say "Oh Kat..."

I totally and completely adored Alec. He's the type of character that makes you forget about all your other book boyfriends. He's just a great big wall of delicious. Alec has that intellectual, logical thing going on, which worked against him a couple of times in this book, but was oh so sexy. But what I really love about him is his compassion, his heart and how protective he was over Kat. How hard he tried to build her up and get her to see in herself what everyone but her saw. Plus my heart melted over the bond he had with his mom. Alec is just so open and easy to understand.

I loved the nice and slow build up toward Alec and Kat's relationship forming. Initially I was nervous starting this one. It clearly states in the blurb that Alec is her boyfriend's best friend. I wasn't looking forward to super messy. However not long after getting into Make it Count, you really get the sense that Max and Kat's relationship is very superficial. There's no substance or feelings. Kat likes guys who don't dig too deep past her beautiful exterior and look at the real her and Max, well, I wasn't exactly his biggest fan. In the beginning...

Among this handful of really amazing characters there are a lot of issues that are either dealt with or glimpsed at. I like the way each one of their storylines has been handled so far. It felt very real. Especially the look into Kat's mind.

I am completely head over heels for this series. This was such a great starting off point and thankfully I have the other two books sitting in my Kindle because I can't wait to get to the other stories. Even Max's whom I thought I wasn't going to like very much. I'm so excited to see what happens with him and Lea!! I may not agree with the degree to which he became such a bad friend for a while to Alec but I understood what was going on in his mind when he acted the way he did. I'm down to give him a second chance to completely win me over. He's already part of the way there.

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